Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: Winter Town

Winter TownWinter Town 
Stephen Edmond
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: December 5, 2011
Pages: 336

Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined to find her...even if it means pissing her off.

I ended up enjoying Winter Town more than I thought I would. I found it full of wit; very funny and cute.

I really grew to like Evan. He was smart and funny. Dorky, but in a cute way. Even I was a bit put off by his obsession with Lucy, I still found his loyalty to her and finder her old self again charming. And I loved how he was with his family, or more specifically, his Gran. Very cute. In the beginning, Evan was trying to please everyone, especially his father. But in the end of the book, I felt that he had grown into himself.

I wasn't a huge fan of Lucy. She just didn't seem like a good fit for sweet Evan. But as I learned more about her, I was able to understand her more. 

I loved the illustrations. I thought they were charming and added to the story. I would love to see more of this, when appropriate, in YA books. 

Even though it's not my favorite, I liked the charm and wit of Winter Town. A very cute, fun read.

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